Newport Beach Independent April 21, 2017 : Page 3

newportbeachindy.com APRIL 21, 2017 3 Mooring Management Could Switch Hands By Sara Hall | NB Indy Management of the approximate 1,220 onshore and offshore moorings in Newport Harbor may soon switch hands from county to city control, fol-lowing a meeting last week. City staff presented a program that would allow the city to take over ad-ministration of the moorings from the Orange County Sheriff‘s Department Harbor Patrol during a Newport Beach City Council study session on April 11 The primary goal is increased enjoy-ment of the harbor for all users, Coun-cilman Brad Avery said. “We want to make the harbor more welcoming for visitors and a more pleasant experience for residents,” Avery noted. The aim is to try and make “life on the moorings better,” added Mayor Pro Tem Marshall “Duffy“ Duffield. City staff does a lot of work regard-ing the moorings already, Duffield pointed out. “There’s always been this kind of crossover,” he said. “This is a model we’re going to experiment with.” The proposed program is meant to be more customer service oriented, and -simply -makes more sense to people (by having one contact number, assisting with multiple services, etc.) and, overall, becoming more user-friendly, explained City Manager Dave Kiff. “The concept behind this is a dis-tinctly different model,” Kiff noted. How, when and where the harbor is patrolled, code enforcement, and the system that manages the moorings, and the use of technology -both mobile phone apps and online services-will all make a big difference, he said. “We’re optimistic this will be signifi-cantly less expensive,” Kiff said. In 2016, the city entered into a five-year contract with OCSD. This year, the cost is approximately $313,000, and that amount is likely to increases by about $8,000 every year in the contract. Budget and staffing need to be worked out, Kiff said. Other “critical issues” include considering the date and time and hours of operation and the high and low use times. There is a 90-day notice of cancella-tion period required, which Kiff sent on March 31. Staff hopes to run the pilot testing period between July and September. They will be taking a lot of feedback and fine-tuning, Avery noted. Under the new program, rentals of vacant moorings would be handled by the city, possibly using a mobile phone app. Towing would likely be done by an outside contractor. Permit information would be handled at an office at Marina Park. Staff also suggested creating a “harbor master” position. An on-water nuisance/code enforce-ment plan could also be implemented. Bike and Pedestrian Safety Operations The Newport Beach Police Depart-ment will be conducting focused Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Opera-tions on Monday, April 24. Extra officers will be on duty patrol-ling areas that are frequented by bicy-clists and pedestrians, and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries. Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers, bicyclists, and pedes-trians alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and any other dangerous activities. Enforcement will be taken for ob-served violations when vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, or when pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Citations will be issued to bicyclists who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, and to drivers who fail to share the road safely with bicyclists. Bicycle riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet by law. Pedestrians should only cross the street in marked crosswalks or at corners. Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of trans-portation. Locally, the Newport Beach Police Department has investigated 14 fatal and 422 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years. In California in 2013, there were 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 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Mooring Management Could Switch Hands

Sara Hall | NB Indy

Management of the approximate 1,220 onshore and offshore moorings in Newport Harbor may soon switch hands from county to city control, following a meeting last week.<br /> <br /> City staff presented a program that would allow the city to take over administration of the moorings from the Orange County Sheriff‘s Department Harbor Patrol during a Newport Beach City Council study session on April 11 <br /> <br /> The primary goal is increased enjoyment of the harbor for all users, Councilman Brad Avery said.<br /> <br /> “We want to make the harbor more welcoming for visitors and a more pleasant experience for residents,” Avery noted.<br /> <br /> The aim is to try and make “life on the moorings better,” added Mayor Pro Tem Marshall “Duffy“ Duffield.<br /> <br /> City staff does a lot of work regarding the moorings already, Duffield pointed out.<br /> <br /> “There’s always been this kind of crossover,” he said. “This is a model we’re going to experiment with.” <br /> <br /> The proposed program is meant to be more customer service oriented, and - simply - makes more sense to people (by having one contact number, assisting with multiple services, etc.) and, overall, becoming more user-friendly, explained City Manager Dave Kiff.<br /> <br /> “The concept behind this is a distinctly different model,” Kiff noted.<br /> <br /> How, when and where the harbor is patrolled, code enforcement, and the system that manages the moorings, and the use of technology - both mobile phone apps and online services- will all make a big difference, he said.<br /> <br /> “We’re optimistic this will be significantly less expensive,” Kiff said.<br /> <br /> In 2016, the city entered into a five year contract with OCSD. This year, the cost is approximately $313,000, and that amount is likely to increases by about $8,000 every year in the contract.<br /> <br /> Budget and staffing need to be worked out, Kiff said. Other “critical issues” include considering the date and time and hours of operation and the high and low use times.<br /> <br /> There is a 90-day notice of cancellation period required, which Kiff sent on March 31. Staff hopes to run the pilot testing period between July and September. They will be taking a lot of feedback and fine-tuning, Avery noted.<br /> <br /> Under the new program, rentals of vacant moorings would be handled by the city, possibly using a mobile phone app.<br /> <br /> Towing would likely be done by an outside contractor. Permit information would be handled at an office at Marina Park. Staff also suggested creating a “harbor master” position.<br /> <br /> An on-water nuisance/code enforcement plan could also be implemented.<br />

Bike And Pedestrian Safety Operations

The Newport Beach Police Department will be conducting focused Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Monday, April 24.<br /> <br /> Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by bicyclists and pedestrians, and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries.<br /> <br /> Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, and any other dangerous activities.<br /> <br /> Enforcement will be taken for observed violations when vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, or when pedestrians fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way.<br /> <br /> Citations will be issued to bicyclists who fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists, and to drivers who fail to share the road safely with bicyclists.<br /> <br /> Bicycle riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet by law. Pedestrians should only cross the street in marked crosswalks or at corners.<br /> <br /> Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use these non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, the Newport Beach Police Department has investigated 14 fatal and 422 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists during the past three years.<br /> <br /> In California in 2013, there were 701 pedestrians and 141 bicyclists killed, accounting for more than 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. <br /> <br /> Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<br />

Peotter Gets Endorsement From OCGOP

According to a press release from Newport Beach City Councilman Scott Peotter, the Orange County Republican Party has passed a resolution opposing the recall filed against him.<br /> <br /> “The OCGOP stands firmly with Councilman Scott Peotter in opposition to the proposed recall. Scott has a right to his opinions and the First Amendment. We believe this recall is an attempt to overturn the 2014 elections that Scott won on a platform of reduced spending, debt reduction, and shrinking the size of Newport’s city government,” said Hon. Fred Whitaker, Chairman, Republican Party of Orange County, in the press release.<br /> <br /> Peotter stated in his press release that the proposed recall could cost $500,000 for a special election, and that “recalls should be used for malfeasance, not policy disagreements or worse, fulfilling campaign promises.” <br /> <br /> Other politicians listed in the press release as being opposed to the recall include Senator John Moorlach, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, and Supervisor Michelle Steel.<br />

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